Wheel Raw Material Buyer


Purchasing and Procurement

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Salary Range

20.0 - 40.0 HOURLY

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Branch Information

Aiken, SC - (USA) 152 Rudy Mason Parkway, NE SC Aiken , SC - 29801 Phone : 803-642-0750



Job Description

•Understand strategies for assigned categories of spend while proactively delivering on initiatives to meet company objectives
•Assess supplier capabilities and make recommendations on supplier acceptability
•Drive productivity opportunities with supply base to deliver cost reduction goals
•Support & implement corporate global category manager’s strategies as it applies to BU
•Monitor and report on PO activity and supplier performance
•Analyze and track supplier promise date accuracy and provide actual quality & delivery performance results into supplier score cards
•Drive effective recovery plans and ensure timely resolution of invoicing & payment issues.
•Place Purchase Orders (PO) timely and obtain PO acknowledgements from suppliers
•Provides suppliers with specifications for raw material shipments, obtaining confirmation via COA’s with all shipments in support of plant quality requirements.
•Confers with vendors to obtain product or service information, price, availability, and delivery schedules.
•Works with Director and R&D on the supplier selection process for new raw material needs, fully supporting test & trial schedules.
•Tracks RM inventory and places orders based upon demand.
•Ensures BU RM purchasing compliance with corporate contracts
•Inputs orders into E1 system, runs regular RM reports such as Open Order and Inventory reports along with management of RM Dashboard tools.
•Expedites delivery of RM’s as required to meet production requirements.
•Active participant in BU Continuous Improvement & Safety initiatives or Kaizen events
•Participant in all RM procurement organizational meetings and training.

This position reports directly to the Director of Procurement, Raw Materials (RM) and is responsible for the purchasing of RM requirements for the daily operations of the N. American Wheel Manufacturing business units (BU’s). This position will manage all the raw material purchase orders (PO’s), costs, lead times and inventory levels with suppliers to ensure the best supply and total value is achieved.

•Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with focus on Supply Chain Management or similar field preferred.
•5+ years purchasing experience.
•Proven track record of driving cost reduction through purchasing of materials and collaboration with suppliers.
•Strong negotiation and analytical skills.
•Purchasing Certification is a strong plus
•Experience in six-sigma / lean initiatives preferred.
•Results-oriented, self-starter - strong track record of achieving results.
•Team Player - ability to work across the organization.
•Strong analytical, creativity and problem solving skills.
•Clear and concise oral and written communication skills.
•Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
•Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

•Strong sills using JDE E1 Operating system (of similar system) with regards to PO set-up and management through receipt.
•Utilize computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment and other software applications including data entry and database management.
•Provide oral and written communication to all levels of employees within the company and external suppliers.
•Maintain a professional and polite demeanor.
•Ability to analyze quotations to determine which will be most beneficial for the company.
•Organize and prioritize work.
•Drive results and continuous improvement in the organization.